March 25, 2020 / 3:09 AM / 5 days ago

Japan's Abe explained Olympics postponement to Trump, government spokesman says

FILE PHOTO - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks to the journalists in front of the prime minister's residence in Tokyo, Japan March 24, 2020 after a phone call with IOC President Thomas Bach on postponing the Olympic Games amid growing concerns over the coronavirus. Charly Triballeau/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explained the Tokyo 2020 Olympics delay to U.S. President Donald Trump and proposed to maintain close cooperation in a phone call between the leaders, top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday.

Trump responded by saying the postponement was a very hard, but wonderful decision, Suga said.

Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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